Funding Priorities 

The Community Profile is a needs assessment document that provides an overview of Komen’s funding priorities and the breast health needs in our service area.  Please familiarize yourself with this document and the current funding priorities of the Affiliate before developing a grant application.  The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order.

  • Programs that identify and address transportation barriers to breast health services in rural, racial/ethnic minority and uninsured populations that lead to an increase in patient compliance (e.g. fewer missed appointments, fewer patients lost to follow-up).
  • Patient navigation programs that guide patients around barriers across the continuum of care to help ensure treatment and diagnosis, including definitive diagnosis within 45 days of referral to follow-up.  Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual – patient navigator – guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system.  The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment services tailored to individual needs.  Patient navigators offer intervention that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of informational, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).
  • Programs that provide evidence-based breast cancer education demonstrating an increase in knowledge of breast cancer and local breast cancer services.  Programs must result in documented linkages of program participants with age-appropriate breast cancer action (e.g., talking with doctor about personal risk or getting a screening mammogram).
  • Programs that provide evidence-based interventions to increase screening and diagnostic service utilization.  The Affiliate seeks to fund programs that provide no cost or low cost screening and diagnostic services, mobile mammography and/or diagnostic services co-pay/deductible assistance.